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Guide To: Family Fun In Little Village

July 1, 2011 6:00 AM

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Little Village
3101 W 26th St., Chicago, Ill.

Chicago is home to 237 miles of land, more than 100 neighborhoods, and the largest Mexican-American population in the entire Midwest. ‘Bienvenidos’ to Little Village, a West Side neighborhood offering visitors a gateway into authentic Mexican culture with a family-friendly twist. It all begins west of California Ave. at 26th Street.

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Chicago Park District

There are plenty of communal spaces to share in and around Little Village. Washtenaw Park offers outdoorsy fun with a baseball diamond and district programming (fee based) for children. Shedd Park, named for John G. Shedd—founder of Chicago’s famous aquarium—offers parkgoers room to roam, picnic and play with its open space, eclipsed only by Piotrowski Park, the neighborhood’s largest public space, and the most popular among Little Villagers. Boasting a pool, baseball diamonds and tennis courts, there are also jogging paths and a soft-surface play space for the littlest neighborhood inhabitants to explore.

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3300 W. 26th St.

Chicago, IL 60623


Explore the sweeter side of the city with help from Dulcelandia, a Mexican candy store that’s been serving up treats to visitors for more than 16 years. With more than 800 goodies imported from Mexico, the store is the largest distributor of Mexican sweets in the Midwest. Don’t miss the homage to Mexican heritage decking the walls – full-scale, customized murals of Mexican chocolate makers.

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Black Hole Arcade Pizzeria

3057 West 26th St.
Chicago, Ill.

Offering the ultimate in casual family entertainment, Black Hole Arcade Pizzeria serves up fast fare and drinks sure to appeal to the littlest gamers. With more than 75 arcade machines, pool tables and televisions, there is something for everyone.

Fiesta for the Senses

Every September sees Little Villagers heralding Mexican Independence Day with a boisterous parade that marches along 26th Street. Known as the second largest Latin American parade in Chicago—the Puerto Rican Day Parade currently reigns as the largest—the event attracts thousands of spectators who swarm the neighborhood for the live music, dancing and general festivities, and also to celebrate their common Mexican heritage.

Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer who works as a social media consultant. You can follow her work at
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  • Lynn From Chicago

    I was happy to see that you featured Little Village in your Guide To Family Fun. That neighborhood is a wonderful part of Chicago.

    What wasn’t included was 26th Street on a sunny day. You could have mentioned the background of music coming from the Latino music stores while people are taking care of their day-to-day business. I’ve always found this neighborhood of Chicago to be so welcoming to an Anglo like me.

    The other thing you could have mentioned was Home Run Inn Pizza. It’s located on 31st Street near Keeler. It’s been around since the 1930’s. They have made a nationally recognized brand of frozen pizza but it doesn’t match what they accomplish in their own restaurant. Sausage with jalapeno is my favorite even if it makes me sweat.

    Thanks again for helping people to be aware of this great part of Chicago.

  • 25 yrs ago it was bad

    You’ve got to be kidding!

  • Art

    Dont forget about all the gangs and murders. All the SS Cards you need. Tell the truth. I lived there for 30 years. the streets r empty after the sunsets. Y cuz nobody whats to Die or get shot. there are good people still living there dont get me wrong. I would not take my family there I love them to much. To all the people in Little Village GET OUT SAVE YOUR CHILDREN. I have gone to the black Hole arcade is full of gang members and drug pushers that place is a dump. The only good time to go there is in september. Mexican Independence Day. Stay safe and stay out of Little Village after dark.

    Homerun inn on 31 is nasty go to the one on archer ave.

    • Centurion

      Art, you have the only honest opinion.

  • Centurion

    LIttle Village is also home to the Latin Kings street gang. The 2-6 Boys, some Latin Discples and even Latin Counts are in the area. What a wonderful place.

    Their motto: GRINGO GO HOME!

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